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SF-based Battlehooch is a sextet of quirky dudes who play "shape-shifting orchestral rock n' roll," a kind of jazzy, psychedelic, progressive rock that's completely unique and unpredictable. Their "Desolation" song and video series–a slew of tunes performed in desolate, isolated areas like the Arizona desert or Floridian swamps–show their musical chops at their most fearless, and unfold like sonic stories. They've gained quite the cult following from the days when they would perform outdoors using a homemade generator, and headline at the Independent in July.
Tonight a rare collection of local break-throughs combine forces to celebrate Battlehooch’s album release party for their latest electro-prog compilation, Piecechow. A bunch of UCSC grads, these guys have gained underground respect and fame from musicians and freak-noise fans alike. At the show, expect rampant spandex outfits, unpredictable stage antics and staggering genius musicianship. They’ve street busked, they’ve gained a huge following and now they’re taking it on the road for their Piecechow tour.